Dan Dan - 1 year ago 92
Java Question

Putting JComboBox into JTable

I want to put individual JComboBoxes into each cells of a JTable. ie. The JComboBox content is not identical for each cell.

I basically would like to be able to just call the following code to add a row of JComboBox into the JTable. Anyone has any idea? Thanks

JComboBox cb1 = new JComboBox(...);
JComboBox cb2 = new JComboBox(...);
model.addRow(new Object[] {"Row name", cb1, cb2} );

JComboBox cb3 = new JComboBox(...);
JComboBox cb4 = new JComboBox(...);
model.addRow(new Object[] {"Row name 2", cb3, cb4} );

The closest example code I can find is as follows. But it is for where JComboBox content is identical for the individual column. Not the solution I need.

TableColumn col = table.getColumnModel().getColumn(vColIndex);
col.setCellEditor(new MyComboBoxEditor(values));


public class MyComboBoxEditor extends DefaultCellEditor {
public MyComboBoxEditor(String[] items) {
super(new JComboBox(items));

Answer Source

The easiest way is to implement your own TableModel

public class MyModel extends AbstractTableModel {
    List rows;

    public int getRowCount() {
        return rows.size();

    public int getColumnCount() {
         return 4;

    public Object getValueAt(int row, int column) {
        return rows.get(row).getCol(col);  //assuming your row "Object" has a getCol()

    public Class<?> getColumnClass(int col) {
        return Boolean.class;

    public void setValueAt(Object aValue, int rowIndex, int columnIndex) {


Load this into you JTable. If you haven't replaced the default cell renderer for Boolean's, all you cells will be rendered as check boxes thanks to you implementation of getColumnClass(). All user input to these check boxes is collected with our setValueAt().